Dinner was Delicious

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After the holidays we need to eat something that is the opposite of the casseroles and sugar cookies we’ve been stuffing in our faces since November. Something comforting that satisfies on a soul level, but doesn’t put you into a tryptophan coma, and is full of fresh flavors we haven’t had in awhile. No Sage. No Fucking Nutmeg. The inverse of Thanksgiving dinner.
For us, that means noodles.

Yusho
opened last year here in Chicago’s Logan Square and is one of the few Japanese restaurants in the city that goes beyond sushi and tempura. Chef Matthias Merges (Charlie Trotters) and chef de cuisine Jennifer Petrusky have brought yakitori to the north west-side and it’s fucking delicious. Inside their building with exposed brick, punches of color and clusters of edison bulbs, you’ll find small, updated plates of thoughtfully composed dishes. Under any normal circumstance, “small plates” that are “composed” and “clusters of edison bulbs” make our ass clench. For Yusho, it works. It works really, really well.

You can make a meal from the twice fried chicken with matcha and a tangy, fermented pepper paste, the roasted fish face with abundant sauces and pickles, or the meltingly tender pork shoulder with kimchi tucked into fluffy buns, but the absolute best part of Yusho’s menu is their Sunday Noodle brunch.

On Sundays, for $20, you get a your choice of noodles, a cocktail or one of their clever house-made sodas, and dessert. When our group rolled in on a drizzly December afternoon, we opted for the signature ramen- served with a croquette of pig’s tail and silky soft boiled egg; a cold soba salad with watercress, creamy dressing, and miso covered, garlicy, tangy, sesame speckled chicken drumsticks; and a shrimp ramen that came topped with a mound of bonito. House-made sassafras sodas and rum punch punctuated things with pleasantly assertive tang and invigorating bubbles. Dessert brought cups of salted chocolate soft serve that tasted like grown up Jello Puddin Pops (in a good way) with puffed sushi rice and quince.

While Yusho was exactly the brunch we needed to wake us from our holiday hollandaise hibernation, we’re really excited to visit during the warmer months. Their refreshing, bubbly cocktails and more delicately sized portions are going to be the perfect answer to July’s too many BBQs and 180% humidity.

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    Tried this place last weekend for the first time. It was a delight!
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